During the ppv of Impact Wrestling, which aired last Saturday, where Mickie James defeated Deonna Purrazzo, Mickie won the IMPACT Knockout Championship for the fourth time in his career. The former WWE Superstar last won the Knockouts title in 2013 and although after she won the MCW Women's Championship and IPW: UK Women's Championship, Impact's Knockouts title was her first major women's title.
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Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Mickie James explained why this latest win really meant so much to her: “I feel really good. Honestly, I didn't think it was going to be that important to me.
In a way I have won several titles over the course of my long career but there is nothing sweeter than winning a title. I haven't won a title in eight years. My last title was the one I lost at IMPACT against ODB. When I think about it, it's really been a long time.
It was a great moment for me, I'm really happy." Mickie James also analyzed this whole eight-year, untitled period: "It was really special. Over the past eight years, I've done some interesting things, but most of the time I've done it for others.
I haven't really done anything for myself. I can still be in the ring with someone like Deonna because there would be no Deonna without Mickie James, that's the truth. Over the years I have become less selfish and have started to do more for others.
It was really cool to get back to winning again and remind myself that I can still be competitive." Mickie was released from WWE in April and after executive producing at NWA on EmPowerrr, the federation's first all-female event, she is returned for the third time to Impact Wrestling, while still remaining in the National Wrestling Alliance.
James is one of the most celebrated wrestlers in IMPACT Wrestling history. At Bound for Glory this month, she has a chance to become a four-time IMPACT Knockouts Champion. In addition to these accolades, she's also a five-time WWE Women's Champion and a former WWE Divas Champion.
Bound for Glory takes place on October 23rd, and in addition to Mickie James vs. Deonna Purrazzo, we will also see Christian Cage vs. Josh Alexander for the IMPACT Wrestling World Championship. Mickie James was vocal about feeling dejected over hardly getting any opportunities to wrestle in WWE during her final months with the company.
However, after her return at Slammiversary, James seems on course to have a memorable rivalry with Deonna Purrazzo that could result in some great matches.